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Black and White House Museum Hereford

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The Black and White House Museum, Hereford

The Black and White House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. It is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct.

Built in 1621, the house has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher’s home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s. Since 1929 it has been a fascinating museum giving an insight into daily life in Jacobean times. It is furnished in period style with an internationally important collection of English oak furniture and there are interesting pieces in every room. Of particular interest to many visitors are the rare wall-paintings, the four-poster bed and the baby-walkers.

There are hands-on activities for children including replica clothing and puzzles.

Special events and activities are held throughout the year, and in school holidays.

display at the black and white house museum Hereford

Access at The Black and White House Museum

For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor of the Black and White House museum. There are also Braille and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired.

Prices and opening hours: For more detail please visit our website.

Black and White House museum Hereford with balloons

Please note, the museum is in the pedestrianised area.  The nearest bus stop is in St Peter’s Square.  There are lots of local car park – details can be found here.

While in Hereford, why not pay a visit to Hereford Museum and Art Gallery too? Due to an exciting major redevelopment, Hereford Museum and Library on Broad Street will close in spring 2023.  Doors to the refurbished museum will reopen in summer 2025. Read all about it here.






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